Teen Crashes Into Sheriff Cruiser

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TALLAHASSEE - A Tallahassee teen speeding more than 100 miles per hour crashed into a patrol car.

It happened just before 11 p.m. Thursday night off Thomasville Road. Troopers say they clocked a 17-year-old going 102 miles an hour in a 45 zone. They tried to pull him over, but the teen took off.

Troopers didn't chase him, but caught up with him minutes later off Tallahassee Drive. That's where he crashed into a parked, off-duty Leon County sheriff cruiser. The impact was so hard the cruiser went up in flames.

"People make mistakes, don't compound those mistakes. Just stop," said Lt. John Bagnardi, spokesman for Florida Highway Patrol. "Let's address the situation. Here's a situation that went from a speeding ticket to a possible loss of life, and that's just stupid."

The teen is in critical condition. He faces a speeding charge, reckless driving charge, and a charge for fleeing police. No one else was hurt in the accident.